Strong Offensive Play Sparks Women’s Lax


Eliana Brown, Maroon-News Staff

After the team’s 14-3 rout of Columbia on Sunday afternoon, the Colgate women’s lacrosse Twitter feed posted a snow-filled picture of the final scoreboard with the caption #TheSnowNeverBotheredUsAnyway. The weather definitely did not prove to be a factor in slowing down the Raiders, as they dominated the Columbia Lions to pick up their second straight win.

The team once again showed off their balanced attacking unit as nine different players registered a point in the victory. The game never appeared in reach for Columbia as Colgate held a four-goal lead at halftime and registered 8 shots on goal in the first half alone. Junior attacker Lauren Gorajek started the run with her goal just three minutes into the game off an assist from teammate Kallan Murray. Colgate then went on to score three unanswered goals to take the momentum heading into the second half. 

All it took was a halftime refresher for the Raiders to get into their groove. Gorajek once again paced the Raiders for the opening score of the second half, but it was junior attacker, Emily Peebles,who led the way for Colgate. Her four consecutive goals in just under three minutes resulted in an 11-2 lead with 18 minutes left to play. Attack players Megan Ark and Tyler Sherper joined in on the scoring spree to close out the day with a convincing 14-3 win over Ivy League foe Columbia. 

Ark, who led the Patriot League in goals last season, is excited about how dynamic the offense has proven to be in the last three games.

“I think the key to our offensive success against Columbia was patience,” she said. “We waited for the right opportunities and took good chances. We did not push the fast break when we knew it was not there and recognized when we needed to slow down the ball in order to give our defenders and midfielders a break.”

Senior goalie Jennie Berglin earned the Patriot League’s Corvias Defensive Player-of-the-Week after her double-digit save performance versus Siena. Berglin came up big for the Raiders once again this week as she finished with eight saves. She currently leads the Patriot League in saves per game and boasts a .563 save percentage. 

“Winning defensive player of the week definitely boosted my confidence moving forward in the season and it felt great to see my hard work paying off,” said Berglin. “Going into the Columbia game I definitely felt confident and motivated to keep up my level of play. The defense also really helped me out because they limited the shots Columbia took and forced a lot of turnovers.”

Colgate hopes to continue their winning streak when they travel to nearby rival Cornell on Wednesday, March 4. The Raiders will rely on their dynamic offense and steady defense to try and avenge last year’s loss against the Big Red and remain undefeated against Ivy League opponents this season. Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will return to Hamilton Saturday, March 7, as the women kick off Patriot League play against Holy Cross at noon. Last season, Colgate lost 9-10 to the Crusaders.